Studio 209 presents The Sower: 2018 Paintings by AJ Murray.

Final Sower Painting. Nov. 2018 -colour and crop for WEB.jpeg

The Sower:

2018 Paintings by AJ Murray

Artist’s Statement:

In the summer of 2018 I had the privilege of visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. I’ve been a big fan of Van Gogh for a long time and was thrilled to be so close to the brilliant colours and emotive brush strokes of his work. I came home inspired to start a painting series based on this experience.

On the same trip I also viewed the work of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, among others. While these artists are all quite different, they have in common a love of bright evocative colours and a focus on abstract interpretation of landscape.

I decided to experiment with combining these influences. My work in recent years has all been abstract and I decided, rather than imitate the iconic brush stroke style of Van Gogh, that I would borrow his subject matter and colour palette, and follow the style of Kandinsky’s Abstract Expressionist period and see what happened. This involved choosing 5 paintings by Van Gogh and reducing the content to basic geometric shapes. The result of this experiment is what you see here - with my own interpretation of course.

Paintings referenced:
Vincent Van Gogh
Flowering Plum Orchard, 1887
The Sower, 1888
Wheatfield with Reaper, 1889
Almond Blossom, 1890
Café Terrace at Night, 1888


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